Build A Home Wireless Network Using
Wireless Location Assessment
How to set up wifi:
The biggest challenge that consumers face when they build a home wireless network is understanding how and why wifi technology works the way it does, and how to use it correctly.
To help understand how to set up wifi using the newest innovative wireless technologies and which type of products to choose, we’re going to show you how to properly perform an assessment of your wireless network.
Performing a wireless location assessment is critical when building a home network, because the most important aspect is the wireless radio frequency band and the environment in which all your wireless enabled devices must operate.
The first thing we need to do is have a plan for how we will conduct this wireless location assessment.
The most important thing is to document the building home network process.
The wireless assessment will be the blue print of the WiFi environment, so it can be reviewed later when changes need to be made to the network.
How To Set Up WiFi
Planning the assessment:
To build wireless home network documents that would be useful to service technicians, we have a “Wireless Site Survey” sheet to help document your wireless home network environment.
Print out the Wireless Location Assessment sheet, and have it ready as we begin to build you’re wireless home network, and teach you how to sterilize your wireless environment.
The Wireless Home Network Made Easy planner will teach you how accurately plan and deploy a/b/g and n wireless networks in any environment, just the way the professional wireless contractors use when performing a commercial installation for any client that orders service for business use.
The information will record the geographic layout of the wireless network, the location of the wireless router and each access point, wireless standards being deployed and RF channel selections being used for each access point to avoid electronic interference.
Building a home network assessment report will help you identify problematic obstacles such as metal filing cabinets, and concrete load barring walls that might separate users from the wireless access point their connecting to.
By choosing a wireless frequency band that is better suited for penetrating walls, or the placement of a wireless repeater we’ll be able to build a wireless home network avoiding Wi-Fi dead spots and increase signal strength throughout the entire wireless network.
When learning how to set up wifi we’re going to be covering all these important areas and teaching you how to avoid all the hidden dangers that wireless home networks face, along with how to position your wireless network equipment giving you the best Wi-Fi signal reliability for all your wireless enabled devices.
The Wireless Environment
In the section titled “Wireless Users” we’re going to be recording information about the type of wireless devices they own, and what applications they use while their connected.
To build a home wireless network that’s efficient, we need to understand the flow of network traffic that will be occurring over the radio frequency.
Wireless devices whether; mobile phones, iPod touches, eBooks or gaming equipment, all have different wireless network equipment standards, and operate using different methods of transmission.
Documenting how to set up wifi users and equipment that are connecting to both 802.11g vs. 802.11n wireless standards and whether or not they are streaming media content, we’ll be able to separate high bandwidth intensive devices from users surfing web pages and retrieving email.
Having wireless enabled devices connecting to the appropriate frequency band increases network performance by load balancing between bands, giving everyone a better wireless home network experience.
Understanding how to set up wifi frequency bands is very simple once you read the correct information, and will have a huge impact on the performance of your wireless network.
To build a home wireless network correctly, remember that Wi-Fi enabled equipment operates on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency bands, depending on their wireless standard.
802.11g equipment operates strictly on the 2.4GHz frequency band, while 802.11n or DRAFT-N Dual Band wireless devices operate on either 2.4GHz or 5.GHz frequency bands.
The 2.4GHz frequency band travels farther through walls and solid objects because of its bigger wavelength allowing it to connect with wireless enabled devices at greater distances.
The downside is that the transfer rate is 54Mbps and it operates on the same 2.4 GHz frequency as common household electronics causing interference.
The 5GHz signal range is a much shorter, because it has a difficult time penetrating through concrete walls and solid objects.
On the upside this frequency range is not used by many electronic devices making it free from most electronic interferences and can achieve data transfer rates up to 600Mbps at maximum performance.
TIP: How to set up wifi to achieve greater results when building a home network using Dual Bands is by connecting all your high bandwidth devices that stream media on the 5GHz band, and push all your devices connecting at distance to the 2.4GHz band for web browsing and email access.
Placing your router and access points:
Once you have recorded all the user and wireless environmental data and you’re ready to build a home wireless network, you can choose how to set up wifi with the best location for your Internet service point of entry.
That’s right! Remember that you still have a say in where the ISP’s service technician places their Internet Modem, and beyond that the wireless router can be connected up to 328 ft from the Internet modem via Ethernet cable.
Get creative when choosing how to set up wifi for your wireless router and access points. Don’t tuck it away in a closet or on the floor behind a desk, that’s exactly the kind of placement that will turn your wireless home network into a land of frustration and poor signal connectivity.
When building home networks place your access points up off the floor and high up as possible, even if it takes some creative ideas to keep it cleverly hidden or disguised, and you will see much stronger signal strength when connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
TIP: Cordless phones always seem to be in very close proximity to home network routers and access points, and many of them operate on the 2.4GHz band. If your cordless is broadcasting on this frequency range, get rid of it! Drive down to The Shack and tell the salesperson you need a new DECT 6.0 cordless phone which operates on the 1.9GHz frequency band. Your wireless router will thank you for it!
That’s it! Now that you have completed your wireless location assessment and have a wireless environment sterile from electronic interference’s, continue on to choosing the right equipment.